Patrick Eng
Developer, Marketer, SEO Specialist, and Random Knowledge Blogger

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Week 35 - What I Need to Know About Open Relationships

As society has evolved and relationships and love defined differently, the shift from classical monogamy to consensial non-monogamy (CNM) is hard to ignore.

Traditionally speaking, we've been practitioners of classical monogamy. Meaning, two individuals marry as virgins, remain exclusive their entire lives, and become celibate when the spouse dies.

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Week 34 - What I Need to Know About the Rooster Teeth Family

As Rooster Teeth became more popular, as their ideas became more ambitious, and as they acquired more funding, they needed to expand and create more quality content. They needed to widen the scope of their content, hence the Achievement Hunter branch, and quickly acquire the bandwidth to specialize in their various verticals, from video game news, to comedy, to community engagement.

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Week 32 - What I Need to Know About Being a Front End Developer

Let's say you go to one of your favorite websites one day, and as you're looking at it, you suddenly think to yourself: “how did they got that fancy button to bounce in” or maybe “how did they got that form to melt away after I submitted it”.

Well, all that work is done by a frontend engineer/developer/visualizer who has a whole arsenal of skills that allowed them to accomplish that eye-candy.

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Week 30 - What I Need to Know About Feminism

Feminism is complicated. Not in terms of ideology, but in classification. You can see that in action through the various waves of feminism over the decades that seemed to have started in the roots of racism and evolved over time to a become whole melting pot of splinter movements, working for basic human rights for women.

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Week 29 - What I Need to Know About Pornography's Affect on the Brain

Turns out, watching porn might make you stupid. At least according to this study that found that those who became addicted to pornography were essentially becoming addicted to a type of drug and had brains with less activity and fewer connections.

But hey, it's a scientific study, so who knows what actually is correct. I'm sure there's another one out there that says watching porn makes you smarter too.

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Week 28 - What I Need to Know About Sleep

I'm sure we all know someone who has insomnia and that shouldn't be too surprising based on how we live our lives today.

In terms of why people have insomnia, you'd have to look more at their life, medications, illnesses, and stresses. For example, you could have insomnia because of…

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Week 27 - What I Need to Know About Chinese Mythology

Like many creation stories, there seem to be a few of them and with no shortage of contradictions.

In this version of Chinese creation, Pangu is believed to be the creator of all things and was created from a cosmic egg that formed from chaos. The story of Pangu was written down by Xu Zheng who lived during the Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280 A.D.).

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Week 26 - What I Need to Know About Fire's Effect on the Human Diet

In the early days of humanity, ancient humans would consistently carry two things with them as they traveled around the world - language and fire.

While I'm sure my anthropology professor, professor Klauss, would be disappointed in me for not remembering all the different time periods for each stage of human evolution (i.e., ardipithecus, australopithecus, homo erectus, habilis, neanderthalensis, etc), I do remember his explanation of fire's impact on human life.

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Week 25 - What I Need to Know About Music's Affect on the Brain

Like facial reactions, music seems to be one of the those universal languages shared across every culture. It uses every part of the brain, whether listening or playing, and provides numerous benefits. It even has its own fancy science name, biomusicology.

We've probably all heard that myth about playing Mozart to babies in the womb, or just while they're growing up to make them smarter, but does that myth have an footing? Why do we say that music makes people smarter?

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Week 23 - What I Need to Know About Surviving in the Wild

When it comes to surviving in the wild, there are four basic elements that will get you through: water, food, shelter, and fire. These four things, while basic, are all you need to survive in the wild due to some crash, kidnapping, trek, or other disasters. Yes, it might seem basic, but surviving in the wild doesn't come with lattes and flat-screen TVs.

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Week 22 - What I Needed to Know About Birth Control

So why use birth control, besides the obvious? Well, doctors would prescribe some sort of birth control to women if they wanted to control acne, suffered from endometriosis, ovarian cysts, PMS, or had some sort of irregular menstrual cycle.

From my simplistic male understanding, birth control is basically a way to artificially control your body's hormones. And when hormones control basically everything, you can do a lot with it.

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Week 21 - What I Needed to Know About Helicopter Parents

While the term "helicopter parenting" has been in existence for almost 50 years, it didn't gain popularity until the last 10 or so years. The term was originally coined by Dr. Haim Ginott in his book Between Parent & Teenager as he addressed common issues found between parent-teenager relationships.

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Week 18 - What I Needed to Know About the ASMR Effect

Ever get a little excited every time you hear your phone alert you that something has happened? Maybe you just posted that cute photo of a taco on Instagram, or maybe you finally texted your crush and you're anxiously waiting for a response.

Either way, that simple noise has the power to trigger a powerful response in ourselves, whether it be excitement, dread, happiness or even relaxation.

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